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The Sears Houses That Pat Found (in Ohio)!

Two years ago, when my last computer burped twice and fell over dead, I recovered 35,000 photos from the hard drive. That was two years ago. Since then, I’ve added many more photos, and I’ve received (via email) several hundred photos. Sometimes, it takes me a while to get those photos organized and posted here at the website.

Pat of Ohio sent me these wonderful photos of kit homes in Ohio almost a year ago. They’re wonderful pictures, but even better than the pictures is the note she sent along.

Without your books, we would never have found such excitement and joy! Every time we spot another kit house, whether it be a Sears or an Aladdin, we get so excited! Of course, if my son is with us he just cringes when he sees the camera come out, because he knows many photos will be taken and his trip home will be delayed!

He now has a standard question before we leave the house: “Are you guys going to be looking at more houses? Because if you are, I’m staying here. You guys are obsessed!”

Below are a few of the kit homes that Pat found in Ohio.

First, the catalog page. Heres the Sears Windsor, also known as the Sears Carlin, as seen in the 1919 catalog.

Here's the Sears Windsor, also known as the Sears Carlin (1919 catalog).

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Sears Windsor in Willoughby, Ohio. Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

Sears Windsor in Willoughby, Ohio. Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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Sears Kilborn, from the 1928 catalog.

Sears Kilbourne, from the 1928 catalog.

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Sears Kilborn, also in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

Sears Kilborn, also in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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Sears Americus, from the 1928 catalog.

Sears Americus, from the 1928 catalog.

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Sears Americus in Willoughby, Ohio.

Sears Americus in Willoughby, Ohio. Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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Sears Conway, from 1921.

Sears Conway, from 1921.

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Heres a darling Conway tucked behind the trees in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

Here's a darling Conway tucked behind the trees in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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One of my favorites, the Dover, from 1928.

One of my favorites, the Dover, from 1928.

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And here it is in Mentor, Ohio.

And here it is in Mentor, Ohio. Still has its original batten shutters! Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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The Sears Rodessa, from the 1928 catalog.

The Sears Rodessa, from the 1928 catalog.

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The Sears Rodessa in Mayfield Heights, Ohios.

The Sears Rodessa in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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Sears Westly, as seen in the 1916 catalog.

Sears Westly, as seen in the 1916 catalog.

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Apparently, Mentor Ohio has many Sears Homes, such as this Westly. And so many of these homes have their original siding! entor Ohio.

Apparently, Mentor Ohio has many Sears Homes, such as this Westly. And so many of these homes have their original siding and railings. This is a real beauty. Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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Another favorite of mine, The Willard, a classic neo-tudor (1928 catalog).

Another favorite of mine, The Willard, a classic neo-tudor (1928 catalog).

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Altered, but still identifiable.

Altered, but still identifiable. One of the classic features of the Willard are those three windows on the left (in this photo). This house is in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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The Sears Barrington was also a popular house (1928 catalog).

The Sears Barrington was also a popular house (1928 catalog).

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And this sweet thing is in Willoughby.

And this sweet thing is in Willoughby. Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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Pat also found a house by Harris Brothers (a competitor of Sears). The J-181 was a very popular house for Harris Brothers.

Pat also found a house by Harris Brothers (a competitor of Sears). The J-181 was a very popular house for Harris Brothers.

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And heres the J-181 in Hudson, Ohio.

And here's the J-181 in Hudson, Ohio. Photo is copyright 2011 Pat Burton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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  1. March 1st, 2012 at 13:44 | #1

    I would be interested in seeing the 1930s floor plans in the sears catalogs. Thank you!

  2. Mary Flaherty
    March 2nd, 2012 at 13:13 | #2

    These are wonderful! I live in Kalispell, MT and after seeing your pictures..it is amazing how many home’s here have used your influence on these homes that are woven into this part of Montana. Many of these homes here look like they were cut from the pages of history. You have done a wonderful job bringing these old home back to life, in this area.

  3. Sara Lemon
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:10 | #3

    Hi, there!

    I am remembering reading about a lady who came to Baton Rouge, LA, maybe 10-12 years ago, to photograph Sears prefab houses in this area, because there were quite a few of them here, still in good shape.

    There is a house in my neighborhood that I think is a Sears house, the 2-story style with the diagonal corners, on North 19th St.

    Sadly, it suffered a fire, but is still standing! It is like a great big black sculpture standing there, refusing to cave in, some walls missing, the front porch roof falling down, but still has the dignity to hold on.

    I wish there were some way I could find this photographer to let her know about the house. I could email a pic of it, if she wanted to update info on it.

    This is a real needle in a haystack, but thought I’d give it a try.

    If you have any help to offer, thanks much!

    Sara Lemon
    Baton Rouge, LA

  4. March 24th, 2012 at 13:55 | #4

    Hi Sara,

    That was me! I was in Baton Rouge in November 2007 (as I recall), and we had a lot of fun. Please email the photos to me at Rosemary.ringer@gmail.com, and put “I love you books more than anything” in the subject line.

    That way, it won’t disappear amidst the many other emails!!

    Rose

  5. gwen mayer
    May 28th, 2013 at 13:14 | #5

    I am curious if Pat Burton discovered any other kit homes in Hudson Ohio beyond this one. I wonder about several of them.

  6. josh fritz
    June 14th, 2013 at 00:14 | #6

    I am trying to locate the address for the J-181 in Hudson for a friend at the historical society. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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